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The 43-year partnership between the four founders of Ecology & Environment crumbled this year in a sometimes raucous dispute over the riskiness of some of the Lancaster environmental service firm’s projects, coupled with a plunging stock price that reflected the steep declines in the company’s sales and profits.“We’ve had a conflict going with the board about the direction…

The final chapter should be written in October to a more than decade-long controversy surrounding the Town of Lancaster’s former Colecraft Manufacturing Building at 3949 Walden Ave.That’s when the town’s sale of the 74,000-square-foot building to Erie Engineered Products of North Tonawanda for $1.27 million is expected to be finalized.It’s been a long time coming, since th…

Santa Claus is not expected for months, but Lancaster village trustees are grappling with how the village-run Christmasville can compete for sponsorship dollars with the separately organized Christmasville Fire Truck Parade that benefits the local firefighters history museum.“We’re hoping to obtain more sponsorships and reduce the tree-lighting cost,” Dawn C. Gaczewski, vi…

Erie County’s hottest suburban primary ended in victory for both candidates, with 100 percent of vote results reported.Republican Barbara S. Nuchereno, the Amherst council member who is running for town justice, held onto the GOP line with 1,127 votes despite a challenge from attorney Kara A. Buscaglia, who had 683 votes.But Buscaglia isn’t finished. Both candidates on Tue…

Two political newcomers, each supported by rival factions within the local Democratic party, will battle it out in Tuesday’s primary in hopes of becoming the successor to 8th District Erie County Legislator Terrence McCracken, a fellow Democrat who declined to run for re-election.Wynnie L. Fisher of Alden is the pick of leaders at local Democratic headquarters, while Wesle…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Walsh of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, Blasdell. Mr. Walsh and Judy Graham were married Aug. 24, 1963, in St. Clement Church, Center Line, Mich. He is a retired salesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

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There’s nothing like high school football on Friday nights under the lights.And it’s bound to get even better in Lancaster with the additional pizzazz of a just-installed $22,500 scoreboard for the high school’s Redskins football team, complete with bright and LED bulbs. It replaces the original scoreboard, which dates from 1960, the year the field opened.“This is a huge d…

Orchard Park Garden Club will host “A Salute to the Movies: A Standard Flower Show” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 Fox Run Lane, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park. Open to the public; free admission....Hamburg House and Garden Club will host its 25th annual Tour of Homes and Gardens from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $12, will be available from n…

Lancaster town officials caught an earful Tuesday night about what some residents termed expensive office furniture for the town’s new public safety building - with figures mentioned as high as $12,000 for furniture for the police chief and several thousand dollars for other desk ensembles.In the end, though, the board voted 4 to 1 - with just Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli opp…

A West Seneca man was arrested for driving drunk early Saturday after he swerved out of his lane and almost struck a state police car, New York State Police officials reported Monday. 42-year-old Scott T. Scarcello of Briarhill Road was driving on Pleasantview Drive in the Town of Lancaster at about 3:25 a.m. when his Dodge Charger crossed the center line, nearly colliding…

LancasterThe start of the Lancaster School Board’s meeting last week resembled a mini-graduation ceremony, as the board individually acknowledged students who received their diplomas after completing necessary requirements through the district’s summer school program.In all, eleven high school students received diplomas.Superintendent Michael J. Vallely lauded the students…

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Mr. and Mrs. Ethan L. Peters of Lancaster celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows by the Rev. Joseph Klos in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bowmansville, followed by a family dinner in Red Mill Inn, Clarence. A Caribbean cruise is planned in the fall. Mr. Peters and Rosemarie Pillittere were married Aug. 24, 1963, in Holy Cross Cat…

The Erie Street Bridge drama in Lancaster is about to play out in the courtroom.After back-and-forth arguing between the village and town over whose responsibility it is to repair or replace the deteriorating span hit a wall this week, village leaders ultimately decided to sue the Town of Lancaster.The village is accusing the town of failing to take responsibility for main…

Lancaster School Superintendent Michael J. Vallely went out of his way this week to let the district know its teacher evaluation plan had been approved by state education officials.Even though approval was expected by the district, it was still a big deal. If the state had not approved of the annual professional performance review for its teaching staff, the district would…

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Terry Galanis Jr. thought Sealing Devices’ first foray into solar power went so well that he’s quadrupling the Lancaster manufacturer’s commitment to green energy.Sealing Devices last week started work on a second solar energy system at its Lancaster factory and headquarters, 4400 Walden Ave. The project will install a solar energy system on the roof of its Lancaster facil…